Pakistan: Safe Blood Transfusion Project
A kick-off workshop for the FC component of the KfW –funded Safe Blood Transfusion Project in Pakistan was held in Islamabad on 7 December 2010. The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of an independent, national, safe and efficiently operated blood transfusion service in Pakistan by strengthening its organisation and physical structure.
Participants at the FC kick-off component workshop included representatives of the National Blood Transfusion Programme, Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Departments, Provincial Planning Departments, and federal/ provincial Blood Transfusion Associations as well as representatives of KfW, GTZ, EPOS and GfA.
The objectives of the workshop were:

• To present the FC and the TC project component, and to make clear which activities are carried out under which component and where major co-operation and liaison is required
• To achieve a common understanding of the project among all stakeholders
• To introduce the EPOS team
• To give an overview on the status of blood transfusion in Pakistan
• To motivate the operationalization of the PC-1s (Planning Commission Project Proposal)
Also within the context of the project, a Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donor (VNRBD) Workshop was organised by GfA in Islamabad on 8-9 December 2010 and aimed at:

• Giving an overview on the status in blood transfusion/ blood donation in each province and at national level
• Sharing examples from Iran and Turkey
• Identifying needs for changes in the policy and for information and education material on blood transfusion in group work to increase the awareness on the importance of voluntary blood donation and to take the fears from the people (e.g. voluntary blood donation weakens, women cannot donate blood, etc.).
Project team members also visited the Blood Bank of the Pakistani Red Crescent Society in Islamabad, which was recently rehabilitated and equipped with the assistance of the Pakistani Red Crescent


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